Exploring Nature for Home-Schooled Students is almost here

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Prairie Park Nature Center is offering science programs for home-schooled students to supplement their education, including Exploring Nature for Home-Schooled Students, which begins next week.

This year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more parents are deciding to homeschool their children. The Exploring Nature classes give students, ages six years-old to 13 years-old the opportunity to get outside, explore and learn about nature. The field trip program is two hours long and each program will cover a different topic, including live animal programs.

The program runs 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St. Cost is $10 per child. Additional programs are planned for Wednesdays, Feb. 3 and Feb. 17 with different topics. Please call for topic schedule.

Register online at http://lprd.org/activity?n=123230.

This program requires face coverings to be worn at all times and follows COVID-19 safety guidelines, which can be found at https://assets.lawrenceks.org/lprd/covid/centers.pdf.

Conditions will be continuously monitored and reviewed in consultation with public health professionals. Status updates will continue to be updated every Thursday to indicate the current risk level using green, yellow, orange or red based on the number of new cases, trends and percentage of positive COVID-19 test to mirror Lawrence-Douglas County Health’s recommendations being used for the Smart and Safe School Reopening Guidelines and Status for county schools. Individuals may find the current status by visiting the department website or the department social media platforms, Twitter and Facebook. To find out more information on the gating criteria, please visit: https://lawks.us/3bHgFoJ.

Enrollment can also be done at the following Parks and Recreation facilities:
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Parks and Recreation Administrative Office in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St.
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Dr.
10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Sunday, Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Ln.
9 a.m.–noon Tuesday–Friday, 1–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.
Noon–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.
9 a.m.–noon Monday–Friday, East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St.

For more information, please contact Prairie Park Nature Center at (785) 832-7980.